Associate Dean of Nursing

The Associate Dean of Nursing provides innovative and visionary leadership, creates a dynamic work and learning environment, and articulates a vision and strategic plan for the School of Nursing (SON). At this transformational time for nursing education in Maine, the Associate Dean will provide leadership in nursing within the school, the University and the state.    

The position offers a unique opportunity for a proven nurse leader to advance and champion excellence and innovation in nursing education in Maine. The School of Nursing, housed within the College of Science, Technology and Health, offers traditional and accelerated baccalaureate programs on two campuses, a collaborative on-line RN-BS program, and traditional and second degree master’s and on-line doctoral (DNP) programs. We have 375-425 enrolled undergraduate and over 100 full and part-time graduate students, and an experienced and devoted faculty and staff. Our teaching facilities include a state-of-the-art simulation center on the Portland campus and newly renovated health assessment and fundamentals labs on the Lewiston campus. The faculty at the University of Southern Maine are committed to serving the needs of a diverse community with a long tradition of incorporating community-based learning and civic engagement. To learn more about the School of Nursing visit our webpage at  As leader of the largest graduate and undergraduate School of Nuring in the University of Maine System, the Associate Dean will play a major role in interacting with system partners, education partners in the community college system, and with practice partners across Maine.  

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education.  USM’s strategic focus is in alignment with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and we are seeking to become a Carnegie Engaged University by the year 2020.  USM offers Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral programs, providing students with rich learning and community engagement opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communications, science, engineering, and technology.  Further information on USM can be found at

USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships.  Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region:

  • Portland campus is located in "one of America’s most livable cities," according to Forbes magazine, which also ranks Portland among the top 10 for job prospects.  A creative and diverse community on Maine’s scenic coast, Portland is nationally known as a culinary hot spot!
  • Gorham campus  supports and celebrates excellence in academics, athletics, music and the arts and is home to ten Living Learning Communities and six Residential Communities.
  • Lewiston campus is home to USM’s innovative and richly diverse Lewiston-Auburn College. This Central Maine campus integrates classroom, community and workplace, and provides a small college experience with the resources of a large university.



  • Doctorate degree in nursing or a related field. 
  • Master of Science degree in nursing (only if Doctorate not in nursing)


  • Registered Nurse


  • Advanced Practice Certification
  • Prior experience in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and administering nursing education.
  • Knowledge and experience of best practices in curriculum development, evaluation and teaching are required.
  • A strong record of scholarship and grant writing and experience in Inter-Professional Education (IPE) in the healthcare fields are desirable

The University community is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff.  We strongly encourage applications from male and minority candidates.

Apply online at: You will create an applicant profile and complete an application.  You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.  You will also need to upload a statement of your teaching philosophy, and sample teaching evaluations.

Review of applications will begin in October 1, 2017.  Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university. 

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

USM is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.